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Reality Television
It's worth pondering what the propaganda machines of Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union could have done with reality television. Thankfully, the Bush Administration is doing its part to help that thought experiment along:
In its standard format, the popular ABC series finds hard-pressed but deserving families, sends them away for short vacations and then, in a whirlwind of carpentry and appliance-shopping, gives them new homes. This time, though, the show will broadcast from an underserved shelter near Biloxi, where a convoy of trucks stocked with everything from mattresses to pants will arrive, courtesy of Sears, one of the show's sponsors.

It's not clear exactly what Mrs. Bush will do, but Tom Forman, executive producer and creator, said he is hoping that she'll just pitch in and help unload.

"I think we say, 'Mrs. Bush, the stuff is over here, the people are over there, could you grab the other end of that mattress?' " Forman said. Press secretary Susan Whitson envisioned something closer to handing out clothing and thanking volunteers.
Walter Benjamin advised us to respond to the aestheticization of politics by politicizing art. But when you can't tell which is which, that move becomes more difficult to make.
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_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: September 28th, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
"I think we say, 'Mrs. Bush, the stuff is over here, the people are over there, could you grab the other end of that mattress?' " Forman said.

ha ha ha, this cracked me up! :)

Is your issue with the show having decided to do it for the shelter instead of their regular format or that Mrs. Bush is involved? I'll have to tivo this to see if they do have to tell her to pick up the end of a mattress. :)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 28th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, I was just referring to the amount of effort being put into spin. "Our poll numbers are down. Let's get the First Lady on a reality television show!" Karl Rove and company are every so adept at crafting media-friendly moments.
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: September 28th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think they should get her on Survivor. Actually, now that I think about it, I think a Survivor made entirely of political figures would kick ass. The alliance building/in-fighting dynamic would be a great thing to see. Although, off of the top of my head I can't really think of anybody other than Colin Powell and John McCain eating ants.
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